What a funny sounding name! Geshmirta Matzo. Funny sounding but oh so delicious! Geshmirta is actually a Yiddish word which means to shmear or spread something on top of something else. Yiddish was spoken by most Jews living in Eastern Europe and Western Russia; people who were Ashkenazic Jews. Many of these Jews immigrated to South Africa and this dish is very popular in Capetown. I first heard about it from a friend of mine but recently a URJ member wrote me to help her re-create a special food memory. I did. She loved it. Here's the recipe!
8-ounce container of whipped cream cheese
Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line a jellyroll pan with foil, dull side facing you. Fit the matzo to line the entire bottom of the pan. Set aside.
Using a rubber spatula, mix the cream cheese, egg, vanilla, first 2 tablespoons of sugar, and sour cream or cream in a 2 quart bowl until smooth and well combined.
Spread mixture evenly over the matzos (if you have one, a small angled spatula would be perfect for younger children) and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until mixture is slightly golden and matzo is crisp. Cut into squares and eat within an hour to preserve crispiness.
Recipe: Kosher, dairy, passover